For most of the afternoon on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans didn’t look very good.
But 20 second half points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and a clutch Malcolm Butler interception, helped deliver a 26-22 win for Titans.
The victory keeps Tennessee squarely in the playoff mix. At 6-6, the Titans are just a game out of the final wild card spot.
While there were plenty of negatives for the Titans on Sunday (they were 1-11 on third downs and Marcus Mariota’s interception that was returned for a touchdown was particularly ugly), there were also some positives (the Jets were 0-3 in the red zone and Tennessee out-gained New York 403 yards to 280 yards).
The Titans’ coaching staff will touch on all of the negatives when they meet with their players this week. But fans should enjoy this win because let’s face it, winning a game in the NFL is harder than ever. The Jets aren’t a good team, but like a lot of teams in the NFL, they have a roster full of talented players that are in the league for a reason.
At this point in the season, we basically know who the Titans are. They’re an inconsistent team that has the potential to hang with the best teams in the league.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) December 3, 2018
The Titans easily handled the Cowboys and the Patriots just a few weeks ago. Those wins weren’t flukes. On the flip side, the embarrassing blowout loss to the Colts wasn’t a fluke either.
With only four games remaining this season, I don’t think the Titans are suddenly going to become a model of consistency. That’s something that will have to be fixed during mini-camps and OTAs in the off-season.
For now, Titans fans should enjoy the wins and not worry too much about what went right and what went wrong.
What’s next for Tennessee?
Moving forward, the Titans have a legitimate shot to run the table. But it’s also possible they go 0-4 over the next four weeks. We really have no idea what to expect, because of their inconsistencies this season.
The Titans get the Jaguars on Thursday night. Jacksonville snapped a seven game losing streak on Sunday by beating the Colts 6-0.
It’ll be a tough matchup for the Titans, since it looks like the Jaguars’ defense has found their footing again. The Titans won an ugly 9-6 game against the Jags in Jacksonville earlier this year. I’d expect another similar game in Nashville on Thursday night.
The Titans then finish the season against the Giants, Redskins and Colts. At this point, those are all toss up games. The Giants are starting to play a bit better than they were earlier this season. The Redskins are a game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East, so they have plenty on the line.
And we all know the season finale against the Colts will be a battle. Andrew Luck is still undefeated against the Titans. It’s hard to pick the Titans to win that game until they prove they can beat Luck.
It’s setting up to be a wild finish to the season for the Titans.
Fans should buckle up. It could be a crazy ride.
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